50 Best College Football Rivalries of All-Time

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Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

86 All-Time Meetings, 1913-2010

  • First Game: 1913; Nebraska 13, Oklahoma 9
  • All-Time Series: Oklahoma Leads 45-38-3
  • Current Streak: Oklahoma, 1
  • Last Game: 2010 Big 12 Championship Game; Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20
  • The Greatest Moment: Nebraska and Oklahoma were both ranked in the nation’s top three in 2000 and 2001, but the greatest game in series history was, aptly, The Game of the Century in which No. 1 Nebraska defeated No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31 in Norman in 1971.

If the two teams had played more in recent decades, and perhaps at all since 2010, the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry would easily be one of the top ten college football rivalries of all-time. Nebraska and Oklahoma met 71 straight years from 1928 to 1997, until the Big Eight Conference added four members of the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12.

While the Cornhuskers and Sooners stopped playing annually once the Big 12 was created and the teams were placed in different divisions, Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten caused a complete shakeup in a few of the program’s other traditional rivalry games.

Nebraska and Kansas played every year from 1906 to 2010 – a streak of 105 years – until the Cornhuskers left for the Big Ten. When it ended, the annual matchup was the longest continuous rivalry in the FBS. In 2010, the Cornhuskers also severed ties with Iowa State – a program they had played continuously since 1921, a string of 90 years – and with Kansas State and Missouri, which had both been annual rivals since 1922.

However, there is hope for the future. In 2012, Nebraska and Oklahoma announced they would meet in 2021 and 2022 for home-and-home series between the two historic rivals.

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